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Dorrel answers new calling: ACU head coach

By on December 19, 2016 in ACU News, Alumni News, Campus News, Sports with 0 Comments

ACU Head Football Coach Adam Dorrel

Abilene Christian’s new head football coach Adam Dorrel visits campus for the first time for a press conference and meet-and-greet with ACU alumni and fans. Stay connected! http://acu.today ACU Wildcats Abilene Christian University http://acu.edu

College football’s winningest active head football coach today accepted a new job as Wildcat leader, saying he’s ready for a fresh challenge in his career and feeling like he’s being called to Abilene Christian University for a higher purpose in his life.

Adam Dorrel and his wife, Erin, toured ACU’s Wildcat Stadium today as construction crews prepare it for opening in Fall 2017.

Adam Dorrel, whose Northwest Missouri State University team two days ago won its third NCAA Division II national championship in four years, is ACU’s 20th head coach since the Wildcats began playing intercollegiate football in 1919.

He will have new ground on which to lead his new team in Fall 2017, when Wildcat Stadium opens as the first on-campus football venue on the Hill in more than 50 years. ACU hosts Houston Baptist University on Sept. 16, 2017, in the stadium’s inaugural game.

The Wildcats will be full NCAA Division I members this fall after a four-year transition from Division II.

ACU director of athletics Lee De Leon

ACU director of athletics Lee De Leon

“After interviewing him, I found him to be a man who is intentional about incorporating his faith into his program and is committed to our mission of honoring Christ through excellence in academics and athletics,” said Lee De Leon, director of athletics. “Adam was the unanimous selection of our search committee, and I’m thrilled he accepted our offer.”

Dorrel carved a 76-8 record in six seasons as the Bearkats’ head coach, winning national titles in 2013, 2015 and 2016 – only the third Division II coach to win three championships. His winning percentage of 90.1 is the tops in the nation, besting Ohio State University’s Urban Meyer (85.5 percent).

His former team’s 30-game winning streak is the nation’s best, five more than the University of Alabama’s 25 straight victories.

ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert (’91)

ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert (’91)

A native of Maryville, Mo. – Northwest’s hometown – Dorrel was named American Football Coaches’ Association Division II Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2015, and is favored to win the award again in 2016.

“Adam is a proven champion who has grown up in and overseen one of the most respected and successful programs in college football,” Schubert said. “He will build a strong staff that understands our unique mission and uses our growing reputation as a university to attract quality student-athletes who want to be part of something truly special as we enter a new era of Wildcat football.”

Follow more coverage from today’s announcement here.

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Adam Dorrel and his wife, Erin, and twin daughters Sam and Allie

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About the Author: Ron Hadfield is editor of ACU Today magazine and assistant vice president for university communication at Abilene Christian, where he began work in 1983 overseeing Creative Services at his alma mater.
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